• Night market opens on Ly Son Island

    Night market opens on Ly Son Island

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    June 04,2018 10:39 AM

    A night market for tourists has opened on the island of Ly Son, 30 km off the coast of central Quang Ngai province. Located at the front of the Muong Thanh Ly Son Hotel in An Vinh commune, the market is open from 6pm to 10.30pm daily, will host 40 pavilions selling souvenirs, dried seafood, and specialties of the island, and be an entertainment venue. It aims to provide more night entertainment and shopping services to visitors, as there is little to do on the island in the evening. Ly Son Island is a dormant volcano 25 to 30 million years old, with a landscape of rocks, caves, cliffs, stone arches, and a lake. Known as the ‘Kingdom of Garlic’ in Vietnam, it has 21,000 inhabitants and has become a popular tourism destination in recent years.

  • Music education program for children underway

    Music education program for children underway

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    June 04,2018 10:37 AM

    Kindermusik, a music education program aimed at children between six months and seven years, has been opened at the Soul Music & Performing Arts Academy in HCMC by the Asia Music and Performing Arts Education (AMPA). Kindermusik provides a brilliant learning program with essential and important benefits for a child’s complete developmental evolution: literacy skills, cognitive mindset, emotional expression, communication, confidence, independence, and other values. The program will incorporate Vietnamese songs, stories and games. Since it was launched by the AMPA in 1978, Kindermusik has gathered a following of over one million parents in more than 60 countries around the world.

  • More relics uncovered at Thang Long Citadel

    More relics uncovered at Thang Long Citadel

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    June 04,2018 10:34 AM

    Many traces of former buildings and artefacts were found during the 2017 excavation of the Kinh Thien Place in the centre of the Thang Long Royal Citadel, it’s been officially announced. The archaeological relics reveal that the area once held major structures of the Ly, Tran, and Le Dynasties (from the 10th to 18th centuries), including stone bases of columns, walls, and courtyards, stone foundations, perimeter walls, and drainage passages. The 2017 excavation also unearthed the largest ever number of bricks and tiles used to decorate palace roofs in the 15th and 16th centuries. Experts have suggested that the excavation site be widened to provide an overall view of Kinh Thien Palace as well as an insight into the architectural works of different dynasties in the past.

  • Co To Island to be national eco-tourism site

    Co To Island to be national eco-tourism site

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    June 04,2018 10:38 AM

    A master plan for socioeconomic development to 2020 for Co To Island off the coast of the northern province of Quang Ninh has been approved, with the island district to become a national-level eco-tourism and resort area and key destination. The focus will be on developing infrastructure while encouraging tourism expansion. The Truong Xuan Reservoir and lakes have been built and the island will open a pedestrian mall and a water park in the future. Fleets have been upgraded to provide visitors with easier access.

    Located 80 km from the mainland, Co To attracts many visitors with its untouched beauty and perfect conditions for sea and island tourism, including turquoise waters and tranquil beaches along with a tropical primeval forest eco-system.

  • Hue looks to become ‘food capital’

    Hue looks to become ‘food capital’

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    June 04,2018 10:36 AM

    Authorities in the central province of Thua Thien Hue are to invest more than VND12.4 billion ($542,500) to build a brand name for Hue dishes in 2018-2020. The move is significant as many Hue dishes found in restaurants and eateries are inauthentic because they are not prepared in the proper way or are made with the wrong ingredients. More than 1,000 Hue-style dishes are being preserved at present. Hue is best known for is elegant royal cuisine, which was served to emperors under the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945). Some Hue dishes have been listed as the country’s best by the Vietnam Record Book Centre (Vietkings), such as bún bò (beef noodles), cơm hến (rice with mussels), bánh bèo (rice cake with grilled shrimp), mè xửng (sesame candy), and tôm chua (pickled shrimp), among others.

  • Visa exemptions for five European countries extended

    Visa exemptions for five European countries extended

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    June 04,2018 10:33 AM

    Vietnam has renewed its policy of visa exemptions for citizens from five Western European countries for a further three years. Tourists from the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy will continue to enjoy visa exemptions when entering Vietnam under a policy aimed at enhancing tourism promotion that has contributed to maintaining growth in foreign arrivals of nearly 30% annually.

    The government will consider proposals from the Vietnam Tourism Association regarding an extension of the period of visa-free stays from 15 to 30 days and the expansion of the policy to even more countries. Vietnam welcomed approximately 720,000 Western European visitors in 2015 and the number rose to 855,000 in 2016 and 1.5 million in 2017.

  • New national tourism area for Ha Nam

    New national tourism area for Ha Nam

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    June 04,2018 10:37 AM

    The Tam Chuc National Tourism Site and adjacent tourism clusters will be built in northern Ha Nam province under a government plan. The plan aims to make Tam Chuc fundamentally meet the criteria for being recognised as a national tourism area by 2025 and, by 2030, a national tourism area with comprehensive technical infrastructure, high-quality tourism products, and a tourism brand, making an important contribution to socioeconomic development locally and in adjacent areas and becoming an attractive tourism centre in the Red River Delta region. It is expected to welcome about 3.7 million visitors by 2025, of whom 470,000 will be foreigners, and 6 million and 750,000, respectively, five years later.

  • Hanoi launches tourism website

    Hanoi launches tourism website

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    June 04,2018 10:35 AM

    Hanoi’s downtown district of Hoan Kiem launched a tourism website on 20 May at hoankiem360.vn, hoankiem360.com, hoankiem360.com.vn, and hoankiem.net.vn, aimed at promoting its potential and attracting more tourists to the centre of Vietnam’s capital. The mobile app is compatible with smartphones using iOs, Android, Windows Phone and Web Brower platforms, and through 360-degree panoramic images allows interaction and life-like experiences amid landscapes, historical relics, tourist destinations, and other services, shown on Google Map or on lists. Visitors can therefore explore famous places in the central district, book hotel rooms and tours, and buy goods online.

  • Smart healthcare system set up

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    June 04,2018 10:29 AM

    A smart healthcare system that exploits big data and artificial intelligence (AI) has been set up by the Ministry of Health to improve the quality of health examinations and medical treatment. Each locality in the country is expected to develop a smart healthcare system based on their own conditions, using artificial intelligence and software to manage information, tests, storage and image transmission, and electronic health records, and opening kiosks for patients to search for information. They have been also required to develop and contribute to a shared database for the country’s healthcare sector. Patients’ health records will be digitalised under the system, allowing them to more easily find and select the right specialist for their medical care. The results of patients’ tests will be stored in the database, which, for now, is only accessible to doctors. In the future, patients will also have access to their personal records.

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